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Further Art of Bad Food Photography

07/27/2011 10:04 pm 22:04:36 | Updated Jun 14, 2012

As you know, one of my hobbies is pulling out my cell phone and taking pictures of bad restaurant food photography.

It's when restaurants display amateur photos of their food in their window to entice people to come in and eat what's on their menu. Except, the result is often the opposite effect--it scares hungry customers away. Blurry, badly lit, out-of-focus, maybe shot with a disposable camera, or just plain poorly framed--there's a certain art to bad restaurant food photography. This photography genre is deserving of a little recognition from the art community.

For the site, Know Your Cell, I ventured to find some of the worst photos in this genre. So here's a brief sampling I found near Chinatown eateries of their culinary-displeasing photographic works of art. Yes, marvel at the art of... Bad Restaurant Food Photography!

Didn't I see this dish in the Al Gore documentary, An Inconvenient Truth? Surely this has got to be one of the horrific after effects of global warming. Poor creature: struck down in its prime due to a hole in the ozone layer.

Okay, either the restaurant owner was too lazy to get a high res photo of a lobster served on his menu, or this is one f-ed up lobster. Seriously, if you're going to take the trouble to sell expensive lobster at your eatery at least take the time to enlarge a 300-600 dpi image.

I'm an extreme a fan of the surreal work of Salvador Dali. That's why I enjoyed this establishments contribution to the genre. This is the food equivalent of a melting clock on a dramatic landscape; denoting the persistence of memory. Makes me question the unconscious symbolism of the relativity of space and time. How about you?

See the rest of the Bad Restaurant Food Photography by clicking to Know Your Cell